Episode 10: Trailwalker Special Out Now!

In Episode 10 of the first ever podcast to break the world record for the number of hours spent being edited, Joseph whisks you away into the world of The Blisters and the Longlegs, a.k.a. The Trailwalkers. 100km. 7 mountain peaks. A 3500 meter climb. 31 hours. Without sleep. It was an epic adventure, and […]

Epilepsy update

I’ve been pretty much seizure free for quite a while now, with the exception of the few episodes I had at the gym following some knackering workouts. Just been taking my nice purple pills (Epilim Chrono), 700mg every night. This past week though has been very different. I’ve lost count of the number of ‘dizzy […]

Mongolia reaches its bandwidth limit

It doesn’t really inspire confidence when you come across the following message whilst attempting to access an Embassy website in order to apply for a visa. Bandwidth Limit ExceededThe server is temporarily unable to service your request due to the site owner reaching his/her bandwidth limit. Please try again later.Apache/1.3.37 Server at www.mongemb-jp.com Port 80 […]

Oxfam Trailwalker vid

Found this on You Tube. This team’s sentiments kind of echo our own!! Tags: trailwalker | The Daily Mumble

Hold the front page!

Yay, famous again! We (the Trailwalkers) made it on to the front page of the Sheffield Uni website! Well, at least a link to a press release by the media centre. See http://www.sheffield.ac.uk and look bottom right for the link. The whole story can be found at http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/mediacentre/2007/816.html Exciting stuff! In other good Trailwalker news […]

School’s Out!

The cheers that erupted all across the campus could be heard for miles as the p.a. system whirred into action – yes, finally Rikkyo has succumbed to the measles outbreak that's now closed at least four Tokyo universities – we were told to leave the campus as soon as possible, and not come back till […]

The end draws near

When feeling positively overwhelmed by the difficulty of the grammar I’m studying, I try to take comfort in the fact that it’s taken from the highest level of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (a test I once intended to take, but now I have little interest in). Recently I’ve had a few emails from people […]

A call for urgent action

Climate change is something I feel really passionately about, and thus when I head the latest news about the US outburst against taking action to combat global warming at next week’s G8+5 summit in Germany I was absolutely horrified. Basically, the Bush administration has told Germany that it refuses to discuss any form of mandatory […]

This ‘Facebook’ thing

I’ve never really been one for social networking sights. They tend to bore me, with endless memes that are so dull they even make The Daily Mumble look like a good read. Don’t even get me started on Mixi – it clearly points towards the need for a revolution in the education system. What’s extra […]

The 3rd Floor

It is said that everything around us is a reflection of ourselves. I found that to be true today when choosing to alight on the 3rd floor. Tags: 3rd floor | The Daily Mumble

The life of a salaryman

It’s true. 98.7% of Japanese men are salary men, who slave away over a hot keyboard for 37 hours a day, 9.5 days a week, rarely seeing their wives or children. The lack of adequate time for relaxation means that many have to just take it wherever and whenever they can get it. Such as […]

This one is called…

Feet On Steps. They are my feet. But I just borrowed the steps. Tags: feet | The Daily Mumble

Oxfam Japan Trailwalker 2007 – Part Two

It was just after 7pm when we said goodbye to our support team for the night and set out for checkpoint 5. The route we were now faced with was not all that inviting, involving as it did a climb of over 500m up one of the most difficult footpaths of the entire course, to […]

Oxfam Japan Trailwalker 2007: Part One

The scene: In a bar, central Tokyo, Japan. January 2007. Joseph: Sponsored walk anyone? In aid of charity, should be a laugh! Friend A: Ooh, that sounds interesting. I could do with a bit of exercise. Friend B: Yes, does sound rather spiffing! I could bring along a picnic hamper, and the Pimms! Joseph: Jolly […]

We Did It!

Wow. That was an absolutely unforgettable experience. Very, very difficult. I am so happy we took that challenge on, and I am delighted we made it to the end, although it was very touch and go at times, and tears were shed along the way. I’ll post all the details soon, but for now, just […]

the long night begins

well folks its pitch black in the forest now. we've just started out on the hardest section. a 12k slog up a mamma of an ankle-twisting root-strewn path. Messages of encouragement welcome! email josephinjapan atmark ezweb.ne.jp 🙂

7.5 hours in

Been on the trail for 7.5 hours now. Blister count is a mere 1, which between 6 of us ain't half bad! the training has certainly paid off, as the knees fine. gettin a bit of grief, but the walking stick's working wonders. covered about 40k so far. reckon it's gonna be a cold night, […]

on the road

It's 5.53am, and myself and Jon are with our support team, Takashi and Twinkle, in the car on the way to the start point, an hour or so West of Tokyo. didn't sleep much last night, excited and nervous. just trying to picture a 100km trail over the mountains. i read somewhere that only about […]

Life is Wonderful

I found a beautiful piece by Mother Teresa today. People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self centred; Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives; Be kind anyway. If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies; Succeed anyway. If you are honest […]

T minus 49 hours and counting

OK, Sleep Management Program has been initiated. Friday will see me having to get up at 4.30am, and not get to bed again for at least 40 hours. About 3/4 of that will be spent walking. Thus, today I’m forcing myself to get up early despite a late night, so tonight I’ll be tired enough […]

T minus 5 days and counting

Would you like to help us climb the final £200?! Thank you so much for all the donations until now, I can’t quite believe we’ve made it so far! I’ve bought my headlamp and walking stick, stocked up on protein and sports drinks, now lets just keep our fingers crossed that the weather will be […]

A Year in Japan Podcast: Episode 09 out now!

www.ayearinjapan.com In Episode 9 of the first ever podcast about life in Japan to have been listened to by aliens, Joseph takes you on a journey through his last month in Tokyo, which has included TV appearances, starting a new semester at Rikkyo University, working part time, playing with dictionaries and Training hard for a […]

Sorry, HOW much?

I had to double check. 120,000 yen for just one day’s work? That’s, er, £500 (US$1000). I didn’t actually realise that the agency that I did some TV work for last week were keeping my details on record – I was only doing it for a one-off bit of fun, and to promote small ear-lobes. […]

Click to give

Any click on the ads displayed at the bottom / to the right of the Daily Mumble will result in a 10p / 20 cents donations being made to our Trailwalker fund! Tags: trailwalker | The Daily Mumble

Individual responsibility

I was back in the gym this morning after a break of about a fortnight. It was good to work up a sweat again, and be lectured by that rather funny old man about the dangers of using a treadmill. He’s like a permanent feature of the place; his presence, and rather repetitive questions (we […]

Golden Week Review

So, it’s the end of “Golden Week”, one of Japan’s longest holidays of the year. So that’ll be four days off, followed by two days in the office, then another four days off, won’t it? One has to wonder who came up with the crackpot idea to go in on a Tuesday and Wednesday. I […]

The post you’ve been waiting for

Dear Mumbler, A couple of months ago you received the wonderful news that I and 7 of my friends are going to try and walk 100km in 48hours along a rather scary path across a whole bunch of Japanese mountains to raise £2000 (US$4000) for Oxfam, which is, as I type, working around the clock […]

The most beautiful sound in the whole wide world

Can you hear it? A faint “shuffty shuffty shuffty” kind of sound? You know what it is? It’s the sound of pure joy. Of relief. Of YIPPPPEEEEEEE!!! It is the sound of 42 pages of a Year Abroad Project reeling off my HP printer. Tomorrow it shall be photocopied, and dispatched to Sheffield University. This […]

Rooted to the spot

I’m very disappointed that I couldn’t go hiking today. When I woke up this morning the anti-inflammatory meds had worn off, and I was back in my paralysed state – I have since managed to get down from the loft by using the fall-down-the-ladder tecnique, it’s quite effective in moving from high places to low […]

The ideal wedding

Unless I’m very much mistaken, one respondent has replied that their ideal wedding would include …chasing sheep! Its interesting how much the wedding scene has changed over the past two decades in Japan. Gone are the 3 meter dry-ice emitting cakes and extravagant shows of spending. The keyword these days is “At Home”, with the […]

Kanji and Cakes

Just been going through the replies to my survey. Thank you to those who pointed out that the question which was supposed to read “Did your wedding include a cake-cutting ceremony?” actually read, “Did your wedding involve a getting inside the cake ceremony?” Ahh, the kanji! One slight slip up and it all goes pear […]

The relief

Wow. These drugs are great! The doc wasn’t all that impressed when I told him I was going on a long hike tomorrow, so, well, we’ll see how it goes. I could take a week’s worth of anti-inflammatories at 6am I guess. Raaa raaa wiggedy waaaaa.

The pain

Wow. This pain is quite extraordinary. It was early yesterday evening, as I was sitting here working on my project, that I first noticed the twinge in my spine. By midnight, the pain was considerable, and didn’t fade all that much even when I lay down to sleep. Waking up this morning it’s excruciating. When […]

Filming at NHK

I enjoyed that. Made my way to the NHK studios, where I soon met Emma, a professional British actress who did a superb job of lying down in a pretend MRI scanner, although her socks did give the director a little cause for concern. We were then joined by Melissa, a freelance writer of things […]